The speaker of the Crimean Parliament believes that Ukraine needs a referendum

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The head of Crimean Parliament Vladimir Konstantinov said that Ukraine should hold a referendum to return the country to legitimacy of the channel, and only then hold elections.

The next presidential elections will be held in Ukraine in the spring of 2019.

«We in the Crimea are convinced that you do not recognize the state of Ukraine in that form in which it exists. After the coup d’état of the Ukraine, in which Crimea was formerly, for a long time there, there’s absolutely unclear what’s going on, a strange education. There good, you need to hold a referendum, to decide on the new Constitution, to decide on new guarantees, at least for the Russian-speaking population, and now for the Orthodox population, and then to choose somebody,» said Konstantinov at the meeting of the Presidium of the Crimean Parliament.

According to him, the Ukrainian government, which came in a coup, is illegitimate behaves over the past five years.

«The laws are illegitimate, illegitimate, inappropriate statements, increased aggression, as a way of protection,» — said Konstantinov.

The main Kiev square — Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence square) — was occupied by supporters of European integration November 21, 2013, immediately after the statement of the government Mykola Azarov to suspend the signing of the Association agreement with the EU. Later Maidan became the epicenter of confrontation between security forces and radicals. The result of the collision, during which the opposition repeatedly used firearms and «Molotov cocktails», were dozens of casualties on both sides.

In February 2014 in Ukraine there was a coup, the Verkhovna Rada dismissed President Viktor Yanukovych from power, he was forced to leave Ukraine, and later was elected President Petro Poroshenko. Responsible for the death of over 100 people the new Ukrainian government has placed on its political opponents — former President Yanukovych and the interior Ministry special forces «Berkut». Yanukovych and «Berkut» have denied involvement in the killings. After the coup, the special division «Berkut» was disbanded.

Crimea became a Russian region after held there in March 2014 referendum in which 96.77% of voters of the Republic of Crimea and 95.6% of residents of Sevastopol voted for joining Russia. Crimean authorities held a referendum after a coup in Ukraine in February 2014. 18 Mar 2014 Russian President Vladimir Putin, the leadership of Crimea and the mayor of Sevastopol signed the Treaty on joining the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol a part of Russia.

Ukraine still considers Crimea its but temporarily occupied territory. The Russian leadership has repeatedly stated that the inhabitants of Crimea democratically in full compliance with international law and the UN Charter voted for reunification with Russia. According to the Russian President, the question of Crimea «closed permanently».

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